Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Witching Hour #3 - Bernie Wrightson, Alex Toth art

Witching Hour v1 #3, 1969 - In one of Bernie Wrightson's earliest works, a man is transported to another world to fight an army. Page layouts vary wildly, but each panel showcases his exceptional brushwork. Wrightson puts special attention on shadows and modeling faces (see interior page below). Alex Toth does similarly well on the first three framing pages, but falters on his interior story. His tale of a despotic ruler and his precious wheel is erratically paced and drawn. One bright spot is the splendid Mike Sekowsky / Nick Cardy cover. Other artists in this issue include Jack Sparling. This is number 1 of 2 Witching Hour issues with Wrightson art and/or covers and number 2 of 10 Witching Hour issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Toth, Wrightson or Witching Hour issues. See also this blog's Wrightson checklist, Top 10 Wrightson comicsToth checklist or an original page from this issue.
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Toth pencils (Bill Draut inks?) 3 framing pages = ***
"The Turn of the Wheel" Toth story pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 8 pages = **
"And In a Far Off Land" Wrightson story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***

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Alex Toth
Bernie Wrightson
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More Wrightson posts:
Unexpected #119
Creepy #87
House of Mystery #219

More Toth posts:
My Own Rom. #55
This is War #9
Secret Hearts #149

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